Maxims, rules of thumb and other observations on human cognition and sociocultural affectations

This will be added to on an irregular basis...
  • What is said to humans directly is received with skepticism and considered with dubiousness while that which is heard in passing, especially that which most conforms to their mentality or prejudices, is readily believed.
  • Humans have a certain cognitive latency between exposure to new information or experiences and the ability to think dispassionately and intellectually about it.
  • Humans have a certain cognitive spectrum starting with the moment of exposure to new information or experiences and ending with some point at which the thing is effectively "in the past" for them.
  • This cognitive spectrum is linked to the emotional process often referred to as shock, anger, denial and acceptance.
  • The more and faster information or experiences are presented to people and the closer the quarters and the lesser the distance between people, the more their early reactions in the passionate emotional stage are reflected back to them in the manner of responses to those reactions from others in light of those responses.
  • The more outrages which are suffered without sufficient time to allow emotional bleed-off, the farther the bar for subsequent reaction and outrage are pushed, and the more further events must progress before reaction and outrage.
  • It is possible for serious detriments to eventually sit below this threshold for long enough for their damaging effects to build and multiply until their entire society undergoes some reactive convulsion.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Sex lessons for 'cranky' miners

Australian coal miners are being given lessons in foreplay and the menopause in an attempt to boost productivity.

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Sex lessons for 'cranky' miners.

Remember, when your boss tells you to get fucked, he might only be thinking of you. What swell bosses I’ve had.

JS Online: Jury finds man, 83, guilty of soliciting, but case not over yet

And reflect that whatever misfortune may be your lot
It could only be worse in Milwaukee.

JS Online: Jury finds man, 83, guilty of soliciting, but case not over yet.

(innocent whistling)

'God Hates Fags' Church Owes Man $10.9M - News Story - KPTV Portland

A grieving father won a nearly $11 million verdict Wednesday against a fundamentalist Kansas church that pickets military funerals out of a belief that the war in Iraq is a punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality.

'God Hates Fags' Church Owes Man $10.9M - News Story - KPTV Portland.



The silent refusal of the bulk of Christianity to vehemently disavow this sort of group is as odious as the bulk of Islam refusing to vehemently disavow Al Queda and one of the things that drove me away from believing the church had one clue as to what was going on in G-d’s creation.


Letting Phelps and company get away with claiming representation of ANYTHING having to do with G-d is like opening a whorehouse at 770 Eastern Parkway. NO SUCH MOCKERY OF LOVE SHOULD EVER BE TOLERATED BY ANYONE OF CONSCIENCE. How shameful that it is the secular courts who ultimately may be the loudest voice to cry “shame on you!”

A voice of society’s disapproval is you federal jury! Go you!

If I seem upset, it is because hatred masquerading as love is one of the greatest sins one can partake of for it is a direct willful fully meant violation of opposition to the golden rule from which all else follows. It makes me roar with anger, howl with pain, and scream with outrage. You can do nothing more unG-dly than to do the opposite of the golden rule with all forethought and intent to do so knowing full well what you do except perhaps to give the aura of approval to those who do by being silent for all that evil needs to succeed is for good people to do nothing.

Teenager in go-kart leaves police standing - Yahoo! News

BERLIN (Reuters) - A teen-ager speeding through a German town in a go-kart with seven squad cars in hot pursuit managed to give the frustrated officers the slip, police said on Friday.

 BERLIN (Reuters) - A teen-ager speeding through a German town in a go-kart with seven squad cars in hot pursuit managed to give the frustrated officers the slip, police said on Friday.

Amatures. The GEICO kid would have not only lost them, he’d have put them in the wall for good measure first.

Ananova - Police chief ready for zombie attack

"People can feel confident, if zombies start invading, we'll know how to close the streets. We can get chainsaws too.

"If a swarm comes in on I-496 westbound, we'll block off the exits so they miss the city."

Ananova - Police chief ready for zombie attack.

Welcome to April of next year.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Man who had sex with bike in court - Telegraph

Man who had sex with bike in court - Telegraph

He is not the first man to be convicted of a sexual offence involving an inanimate object, however.

Karl Watkins, an electrician, was jailed for having sex with pavements in Redditch, Worcs, in 1993.

Now that is doing things the hard way.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

What is up with the mixing of religion and bullshit here?

I will tell you, if you must know, and yes you must because I am the Tr1v14l Spud that I am. Or merely I must tell you. One of those.

For long long spans of time, people have sought out the meaning of their lives. Most found nothing like whatever it was Morpheus was blabbing about except colored pills might have been involved. They aren't involved with me. Those people or the pills.

What is the meaning of mine? Well, it isn't in Catholicism or Christianity. Or wasn't. Or won't be. One of those.

I was struck from a very early age with the smell of bullshit in the water coming from the directions of my parents and well, we sharks, or kids, one of those, can smell bullshit in the water and we go for the kill. Mine being that I was no longer going to go on Sunday to do the knee-board calesthenics of the Catholic church we attended because well, I was really not hip to the whole trinity thing since Jesus himself liked to contradict the church's positions on him every chance he got.

It took a lot of years to get past literalism and find the plastic reality of existentialism without sliding down the slope to self-indulgent dadaism for the sake of attention and hellraising. Along the way I was startled, depressed, angry, sad, violent, virulent, and truculent unto myself by turns until I had traipsed through my life in all directions and lost all the footprints I'd left, most especially His when He carried me.

I've not come to any sort of peace with myself and yet have achieved total inner serenity. I've railed against my drive for complacency and stood steadfast against my desire for change for the fuck of it. I have united the opposites in a mutually canceling harmony and achieved the perfect sound of silence.

Of course, as soon as I did, He spoke up and said, "I thought you'd never pick up..."

So my religious posts are moving on to...

On the road with You-Know-Who

The American Spectator

The Current Crisis: The Merry Sage of Broadcasting Excellence

"This is more fun than I've ever had in my life," Rush declared on Hannity & Colmes during their October 18 show. By then he had sixty or so bids, the highest for $851,000. He was faced with writing the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation a personal check for almost $1 million. Nonetheless he was laughing. Later he laughed even more when one of his supporters bid $2.1 million for the Democrats' epistolary assault on the First Amendment. Now Rush is out an equal amount, but all to a good cause. He can now claim responsibility for a $4.2 million fund drive for the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation. What has been the Democrats response, a matching grant? Actually Senator Harry Reid lumbered out onto the Senate floor and heaved up yet another exhalation of guff.

What Democrat has done such an act of personal charity of such potentially and in the end realized high cost to their finances like this? Anyone?

For those who don’t remember, this is Henry Waxman:

Henry WaxmanIf he looks familiar, it might be because you saw Scanners.


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

In Soviet Russia...

...Slashdot probes you!

Oddly, this firewall entry:
Date: 10/25 00:27:30 Name: spp_portscan: portscan status from 13 connections across 1 hosts: TCP(13), UDP(0)
Priority: n/a Type: n/a
IP info: n/a:n/a -> n/a:n/a
References: none found

Led to:
[someone@somebox ~]$ host is an alias for 150.0/
150.0/ domain name pointer
[someone@somebox ~]$ whois
Savvis SAVVIS (NET-66-35-192-0-1)
VA Software SAVV-S234813-4 (NET-66-35-250-0-1)

# ARIN WHOIS database, last updated 2007-10-23 19:10
# Enter ? for additional hints on searching ARIN's WHOIS database.

They port scanned no less than 17 ports. Don’t believe me?

[someone@somebox ~]$ host has address

So, anyone want to posit what the fuck they think they’re doing sending unsolicited traffic at my firewall having nothing to do with web surfing?

Slashdot | Humans Not Evolved for IT Security

So sayeth Bruce Schneier, expert!

I know how right this is. Getting my firewall installed took years of education and indoctrination by religious, educational, and parental institutions.

On TV: Networks will lose big if there's a writers strike

In layman's terms, the people who write your favorite TV shows and films are at a standoff with the people who write their checks.

No_way. What kind of G-d would let the stuff on TV happen through conscious willful rational choice??? These writers cannot possibly exist. No one is so supremely balanced between mediocrity and evil as that. Even the government can’t manage it. I could not manage it.

If this turns out to be true, that someone really concocted this crap on purpose, then we are damned and doomed, all. You could not possibly sell your soul to the devil, it would be already spoken for. Which says volumes about the gullibility of the lower realms.

“Oh great, American television viewers are in line to come in. Will someone get the pit fiends to move the 10,000 units of George Foreman cookers to the warehouse? We have new customers on the way. Whose idea was this wardship of evil anyways? We got cheated, I know it. There’ll be Survivor t-shirts littering the locker rooms now.”

Police Horrified By Grisly Remains Of Taco Bell Meal | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

Though there are still no leads on who is responsible for the gruesome mess or what their motives may have been for entering the restaurant in the first place, police say they believe the incident occurred sometime between 1 and 2 a.m.



First Orgy After Brian's Death Very Solemn | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

FAIRFIELD, CA—Lacking the exuberance, spontaneity, and airborne bodily fluids of previous all-night fuckfests, the first orgy since the passing of group-sex enthusiast Brian Hodge was a solemn and subdued affair, heavily lubricated sources reported Monday.

First Orgy After Brian's Death Very Solemn | The Onion - America's Finest News Source.


9NEWS - Article - Sidetracks - Another town bans saggy pants

The ordinance, passed unanimously Monday by the Port Allen City Council, requires pants to be secured at the waist so they do not fall below the hips, expose underwear or create indecent exposure.

9NEWS - Article - Sidetracks - Another town bans saggy pants.


And where were these baggy pants when all the hot girls were big on wearing thongs???

I truly live on Planet of the Morons.

American kids, dumber than dirt / Warning: The next generation might just be the biggest pile of idiots in U.S. history

He cites studies, reports, hard data, from the appalling effects of television on child brain development (i.e.; any TV exposure before 6 years old and your kid's basic cognitive wiring and spatial perceptions are pretty much scrambled for life), to the fact that, because of all the insidious mandatory testing teachers are now forced to incorporate into the curriculum, of the 182 school days in a year, there are 110 when such testing is going on somewhere at Oakland High. As one of his colleagues put it, "It's like weighing a calf twice a day, but never feeding it."

American kids, dumber than dirt / Warning: The next generation might just be the biggest pile of idiots in U.S. history.

any TV exposure before 6 years old and your kid's basic cognitive wiring and spatial perceptions are pretty much scrambled for life

Absolutely. Thanks to watching television since before I could walk, that entire school report I did in fifth grade about the relativity of the Hubble constant to actual observation vis a vis the ongoing expansion of the universe and the implications of localized and macroscopic spatial distortions affecting red-shift in terms of spatial stretching as well as inherent modification of frequencies by changing electrodynamic interaction with intergalactic plasma was entirely a put-on.

Furthermore, my accuracy with a BB gun was just a fluke. Thanks to television there is no way I should have been able to keep a one inch shot group with 75% or better accuracy at 200 feet. My spatial distortion should have given me a real Ted Striker drinking problem.

It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I can still spell just fine…

Back-seat toilet to end mishaps in traffic jams - Yahoo! News

But prospective customers will have to hang on until November 15, when the firm begins selling the new product online.

Back-seat toilet to end mishaps in traffic jams - Yahoo! News.

I’m not sure I can cross my legs and hop around til then.

Why not just replace the seats with toilets? Drop your pants, get in and sit down. Hair-raising near-miss? Fear not to lose composure and control. With every seat replaced by a privy seat, and a constant negative pressure maintained, farts need not be a problem in a car with windows rolled up ever again. Get pissed off at bad drivers for real. Bonus: all effluent can be used to generate methane to help power said car and keep the world green.

Prior Permission From Government to be Required for Each Flight - 10 Zen Monkeys

But it's never too late to express your outrage... against another act in the continuing project to turn the United States into North Korea.

Prior Permission From Government to be Required for Each Flight - 10 Zen Monkeys.

It is exactly this kind of dramatic over-reaction and over-blowing that makes the DoHS and TSA idiocy so dangerous. No one will be listening to the cries when the wolf finally comes round, will they?

Good going.

Singapore relaxes sex law but not for gays

Singapore on Tuesday legalised oral and anal sex between heterosexual couples but retained a law which criminalises intercourse between gay men.

Singapore relaxes sex law but not for gays.

In other news, flights from Southern California to Singapore rose over night to unprecedented levels. Singapore customs officials are said to be utterly perplexed that so many people can afford such expensive camcorders in such numbers.

Rapidshare administrators reached for antacids.

Monday, October 22, 2007

After Fight, Airport Embraces SUX Code

City leaders have scrapped plans to do away with the Sioux Gateway Airport's unflattering three-letter identifier — SUX — and instead have made it the centerpiece of the airport's new marketing campaign.

After Fight, Airport Embraces SUX Code.

“This airport sucks.”

“Yes, it is.”

“You mean yes it does.”


Motorcyclist's horrific death brings call to ban 'cheese-cutter' barriers - 22 Oct 2007 - NZ Herald: New Zealand National news

He could recall no previous deaths of motorcyclists hitting wire barriers and did not believe they would have much more of a chance against traditional W-section steel guard-rails.

Motorcyclist's horrific death brings call to ban 'cheese-cutter' barriers - 22 Oct 2007 - NZ Herald: New Zealand National news.

Yeah… like slamming bodily into a steel barrier at highway speed is less lethal than a wire barrier. It’s either slice or smash, when you go off a motorcycle at high speed.

Want a cheese grater, fly off of a bike on a steel grid bridge and go sliding 200 feet… It HAS happened. Not pretty…

Home-made helicopters hit northern Nigeria - Yahoo! News

We don't reward talent in this country," he lamented.

Home-made helicopters hit northern Nigeria - Yahoo! News.


That’s okay, we don’t either. I suspect that is why phishing and scams are so common in bother countries.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Every time I get ready to write something really good...

Oh look! Shiny!

Wait, what?


Thursday, October 18, 2007

Sometimes, comparitive examples are needed to make a point...

This image was found at at this page.

Would the Israel Baseball League think this was an okay image for them?

Other than that, I got there because I found this after remembering this post by RR.

Oh well. I hope their teams don't take the field vowing to kill the apikorsim...

Kosher cat is...

Lolcats are where you find them.

Dogs and Rabbis - Daily Life

There's something that make us both objects of trepidation. And it's not the facial hair

Dogs and Rabbis - Daily Life.

I loved this.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

In response to Party of Values at DovBear et al...

The Democrats need not proclaim "family values" or any other silly slogans. Forever now, or at least for many decades, they've positioned themselves as the holier-than-thou more-humanitarian-than-you bunch and fall miserably short of it.

You cannot provide for the poor by stealing it from someone else using the police powers of the state to enforce that theft. I was in the welfare system as a child and it is a disgraceful system that seeks to keep people in it, ignorant, unable to get or keep a job, so they need to keep getting those scraps off the nation's table by the Dem's kind largess. (Why does that sound so familiar...)

Oh thank you, Democrats, for your welfare system. I always wanted stale cheese and my mother to have just enough money to shop at the Salvation Army while the people you appoint to administer the program are getting big paychecks and living in nice houses and eating in fine restaurants.

Don't even get me started on their marketing of horrid self-destructive ideas guaranteed to disrupt and wipe out one's family to the poorest and least powerful. You don't see rich white couples being told to have sex with abandon, use contraception if you remember, and use abortion like you would a trash can when your purse has a rip and doesn't match your outfit.

Anyone who tries to be good and decent never mind righteous among their poverty cattle are derided and denounced. Publicly if Christian, privately if Jewish, patronizingly if Muslim, in line with political correctness.

I guarantee you the first people to ban your religious freedom if they had total unchallengeable power would be the Democrats for their religion is politics and given government runs on that, they have no need of any other religion. Government is their church, their synagogue, their temple. When they harken back to Kennedy's famous line, they mentally replace "country" with "government". What you can do for your government is not question their nobility and humanitarian holiness. They are better than you and they went to a good liberal arts college so they know more than you. Trust them. Question nothing.

And I guarantee you that they privately had no problem with remarks about Joseph Lieberman's faith and level of observance and his commitment to Israel in the most snide and anti-religious ways not to mention questioning his allegiance and his very humanity for being a Jew so openly. As if being a Jew should be something one should hide. I know, I was in the middle of an extremely Democrat town during his victory by the people over the left's pundits.

The antisemitism and reflexive anti-Israel on every issue nature of the radical left has been very much on display.

Dov, the whole point of politics is to conserve power to those at the top. WHOEVER wins, we lose. They should ALL be considered fundamentally corrupt from the start and have to prove themselves otherwise by their actions. In that, nearly every politician fails miserably of whatever party.

Monday, October 15, 2007

I've found my picture!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

I have mixed feelings over this, but one does what one must...

Matisyahu leaves Chabad

"What we do is not at all about Judaism and not about Chabad. It's much bigger than one religion or another," he said. "It relies on something real that can speak to anybody. It's about truth and memory."

I am now preparing to slog through blogs which wildly cheer this or boo this on both sides of the affiliation and observance fences by getting my psychic football helmet on.

Though, it isn’t as though I didn’t foresee it in a sort of paranoid worrying way. Young and estranged to begin with, then jumping headlong into Chabad seemed like trying to make peace with your self-doubt by joining the USMC.

I want Chabad people and Chasidim in general to understand I do not intend insult by that comparison. Structure and discipline are not easy and sometimes they are at odds with some people and their needs. G-d go with Matt and his search for peace with himself.

SSDD Ad Nauseum In The East

Abbas wants return to pre-1967.

Israeli government spokeswoman Miri Eisin declined to comment, saying she did not want to prejudice negotiations. But the Palestinian demands appear to exceed anything that Israel would be willing to offer.

You don’t say.

Well, for those dreaming that Abbas would be the man to stand up to the internal pressure cooker of his people’s politics and be anything like reasonable… well, you’re probably already too delusional to let this change your mind or even slow you down a little.

Nevertheless, you might want to remember Aesop’s fable about the dog that lost a bone when he barked at a reflection of himself in the water. Losing what you have to get what you won’t is not a wise trade. Israel is the only side that has done any bending, and given the last time they bent till they broke ended up in the Holocaust, I rather think the drive to survive will not allow another break.

So what happens when spring steel is bent back until it can’t be pushed farther? Well, you keep it there and if you relax your grip for one second, it pushes back and flattens you.

Like I said, Aesop’s fable…

Tuesday, October 09, 2007


I can smell the exciting learning from here, and that is NOT sarcasm.

An Un-Orthodox Divorce

Sieger’s close-quarter domestic skirmishing has escalated into a legal war that raises disturbing questions about the rights of Orthodox women, the integrity of the rabbinic courts, known as the betei din, and the ethics of a number of ultra-Orthodox rabbis, who stand accused by Sieger of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to issue her husband the religious divorce ruling he wanted.

An Un-Orthodox Divorce.

Every time I read this I want to cry.

I resist.

I go read The Light and Fire of the Baal Shem Tov by Yitzhak Buxbaum and pray to G-d for enlightenment like his to come again. What happened to chesed?!

All of it reminds me of the disappointing scandalous mistreatment of some of the weakest people by various churches when I was young. What happened G-d?

Defendant does push-ups in court; charges against him dropped |

"It wasn't anything this court would require anybody to do."

Maybe not, but it’s a less salacious kind of drop and give me fifty sort of story than one usually expects with the justice system.

Especially ours which just the drop and give me part suggests something like… well, you know…

At our learnin' center, we'll learn ya!

Employees alleged that teenagers were doused with cold water while tied up on a concrete floor and denied access to bathrooms. One girl was forced to sit in a tub of urine, and a boy was tethered to a four-wheeler and dragged on a sand track, according to the allegations. Thayer’s owners have denied all charges.

Abuse allegations, apathy show need for ‘boot camp’ regulations.


This next part has me all googly-eyed.

Despite the serious concerns about Thayer, the Missouri legislature continues to resist calls to require such boarding schools to be licensed and inspected.

Are you fucking joking? We practically do anal inspections of mailmen to make sure they aren’t thinking about maybe someday porking our underage daughters in the whole Pedomania of today, but people who are holding children against their will for forcible re-education should not be licensed and inspected???

I am truly living on the planet of the morons.

Several GOP House members denounce Islam

Several GOP House members denounce Islam

Several GOP House members denounce Islam.

This is noted by the Department of Redundancy Department because of its extremely repetitive inner meanings.

Also, why don’t we get equal coverage when Democrats mouth anti-semitic remarks? Oh that’s right, the press agrees, and the Democrats are smart enough not to do it that openly. The Democrat are the SS to the Republicans’ SA. The former is craftier and the latter is street-brawler enough to make themselves obvious.

Memo to the above parties. You’re both making us look like twits. SHUT UP.

So much for religion in the public square - The Carpetbagger Report

The Family Research Council didn’t see it that way. The group flipped out, said Samuldrala’s prayer could lead to “moral relativism and ethical chaos,” and explained its belief that religious liberty “was never intended to exalt other religions to the level that Christianity holds in our country’s heritage.” In other words, as the FRC saw it, minority faiths are separate and unequal, First Amendment be damned.

So much for religion in the public square - The Carpetbagger Report.

It's this kind of thing that has made my blood boil since I was old enough to go to Sunday school. This is not, never was, by design not, a Christian nation and the most religiously observant Christians among the founders specifically did not want it to be.

It was a nation largely of Christians, but was for all, and despite the goofs, gaffes, stupid mistakes, and hateful blunders, was supposed to remain. Out of all the religions of Earth, only Christianity in America lets you become a Christian simply by saying you are. All are welcomed to the Father openly. How horrid to subvert that into the most closed of thinking and hardest of hearts like this.

Great idea, bad execution as they say. Or to steal from tech support, divine intelligence is no match for mortal stupidity.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

One boob shows off two more

What else do you call it when a state pol shows off a rack in front of a school class?

My take: why the fuss over seeing titties and none whatsoever over watching war movies in history class? Death good, sex bad?

If you can't beat them in the market place of ideas

Then run away and form a new nation???

When was anyone ever promised the world would go their way and when did someone teach them that anyone else getting their way was automatically be extension them not getting theirs?


What I believe part x of y

  1. G-d exists.
    This is the fundamental assumption based on my gut feelings.
  2. I exist.
    How else would I write this?
  3. G-d has a nature He did not make for Himself.
    How can the Uncreated Creator make a nature for Himself? That which is, is.
  4. G-d made me in His image.
    That means I have his nature, not that He has two legs and two arms nor that he likes blue jeans, although He might.
  5. G-d made me to help Him figure out what His nature is.
    If you want to know what you look like, you look in a mirror. If you want to understand a crime scene, you recreate the scene. If you want to know yourself, study those like yourself and in His case, create them if you have to.

What is the first principle of His nature? The second?
  1. He has no power greater than Himself and hence has ultimate free will to do whatever He chooses.
  2. He has a nature that circumscribes His will and directs His will.
  3. He has a free will that circumscribes His nature and enables or obstructs it by choice.
  4. He made me with this nature.
    I have free will and a nature which complement and both reinforce and oppose each other.
  5. Good or evil depend on free will choices to do or not do.
    That which is compelled has no value. If G-d made me do a thing, then I could not be blamed for G-d chose. If G-d said I should do a thing and I didn't, I chose.
  6. Therefore, G-d will not make me do anything.
    G-d cannot make me do anything without abrogating my free will without which He cannot judge me as having made the choice as opposed to him.
It would, and has, taken books and books worth of print to even come close to explaining my reasoning here. It's just something you feel.